Alvin Barker

Alvin Barker was the longest serving Chairman of the Severn Valley Railway Association and was also a director of SVR(H) and the Charitable Trust.

As of 2023 he is a trustee of The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust and chair of the SVR 46443 Fund.

He became SVRA Chairman in 1987 in succession to Chris Thomas.[1] Early in his time as Chairman he was involved in plans for the rationalisation and improvement of volunteer sleeping accommodation at Bewdley and provision of accommodation at Kidderminster.[2] He was promoter of a number of SVRA fund raising raffles including ‘Steam Snacks” and 1501 in 1987[3], “Beds and Bunks in 1988[4] and “Tyre a Mogul in 1994”. In 2000 he relinquished the Chairmanship of the SVRA to Stewart Clark but continued as Vice Chairman.[5]

Alvin was appointed to the Board of SVR(H) in 1992.[6] In 2006 he became a director of the SVR Rolling Stock Trust.[7] He resigned as a director of both SVR(H) and the Charitable Trust in 2011.[8]

He and two colleagues launched the SVRA Macclesfield Branch on 17 December 1980.[9]

In 1997 he was project leader for the construction of ‘Tranter Towers’, the new Bridgnorth MPD offices,[10] and in 1998 led the team which dismantled the Bristol Bath Road turntable and arranged its transportation to Eardington.[11]

From 2006 he took an active role in developing plans for the Diesel Depot, culminating in a detailed proposal published in 2009.[12]

Alvin became a trustee of the 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust in 2009.

See also


  1. SVR News 86
  2. SVR News 98
  3. SVR News 84 and 87
  4. SVR News 91
  5. SVR News 133
  6. SVR News 103
  7. SVR News 155
  8. Companies House; SVR News 176 Boardroom Notes
  9. SVR News 65
  10. SVR News 125
  11. SVR News 126, 129
  12. SVR News 156, 161, 166